The one thing I am passionate about...
Taking care of and loving my best friend, Teaching (taught programming, systems analysis and design, and industrial engineering for 35 years), Music (recorded in New York on seven occasions, trumpet; took over my teacher's studio when he toured with the Dallas Symphony, play folk (and learning classical) guitar), Photography (owned and managed large commercial photo lab, now create fine art landscape and wildlife images, conduct print reviews and photo adventures), Furniture making (hand cut dovetails, hand and machine oriented methods), Reading (daily), Learning continually (my brain is still intact and active--I feel about 40, but I'm 72).
I typically spend my leisure time
Since I'm retired, all my time can be considered "leisure time." Therefore, I follow my passions of music, photography, and furniture making. Teaching in our small town (1500 residents, not a single traffic light) is almost impossible in our high school system since I don't have a degree in education (but they ignore my 35 years of college and university teaching--go figure). Teaching (as part of Bill Bailey Images). Print reviews, one-on-one consulting, and photographic adventures. Would love to start sailing again, but Nebraska is a bit too far from any major body of water. Used to sail almost daily in the San Francisco Bay.
The most influential person in my life has been
An honest, intelligent, multi-talented, and genuine person with whom I can share my life (likely I will live to at least 85 based on my family history). Someone who doesn't hold grudges but works out issues calmly and rationally. My wife, Dee, and I would never go to bed without resolving a problem. As a result, very few problems even existed in our 38 years together. My new best friend and I will respect (and participate in?) our individual creative times: photography, furniture making, music (vocal and instrumental), cooking (I make a mean Bananas Foster), and other restorative and stimulating outlets for our energy and passions.
The first thing people notice about me
Probably my blue eyes, then my ready laugh and smiling face, and then the beard (a recent addition). Having a full head of hair helps folks to see me as younger than 72 (I was told recently that I must be 48 by someone I had never met). I also have a large inventory of clean jokes to help my friends laugh. When asked about my education, eHarmony didn't have a "Masters +++" option, but I was paid and treated as a professor at Park University, where I retired in 2006. Years ago I thought it would be cool to have more letters after my name than were in my name (professional certifications, etc.). However, letters don't make the person.
The last book I read and enjoyed
Daring Greatly (Bren� Brown), The Book of Awakening (Mark Nepo), Encyclopedia of Furniture Making (Ernest Joyce, recommended by Mr. Rob Cosman, my hand tool coach, who taught me the correct way to make hand-cut dovetails). Since reading is not only a way to do research but also a daily joy, I'm typically reading 5 or 6 tomes. If it's a short story or a chapter, those are completed before changing to another item. Currently reading about birds-in-flight ("BIF") photographic techniques and hand plane usage (woodworking). My bookshelves will never be full since I simply build another bookcase when needed. Totally stimulating and enjoyable!
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My ability to learn and then teach others
- My ability to make others happy
- The love of Dee, my wife of 38 years, who passed in 2009
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
That I'm a peacemaker (even though I served with Marines in Vietnam as a Navy Hospital Corpsman--and am proud of my service--I still long for a time when the world "grows up" to realize peace is possible and MUCH more desirable than war), that I genuinely care for others and want to help them in any way I can (except financially). I consider financial matters totally private (except between my wife and me--always full disclosure there).
Friends Describe me as
Articulate, Generous, Intelligent, Respectful
A little more about me
My future partner and I must be best friends, and I will be totally committed to that relationship. Joined Mensa in 1971. Served in Vietnam as a Hospital Corpsman with the Marines. Doctors trusted me with the plastic closures (hands and face) which were vital to our patients' self image, but took too much time from other surgery. Worked at Deloitte Haskins + Sells (then one of the "Big 8" accounting firms) as a Senior Consultant. Love to sing--chorus, barber shop quartet, folk (with my guitar). Learning classical guitar. Enjoy hand tool oriented furniture making (dovetails, mortise & tenon) . Taught music and continue to teach photography.
Centrist/Middle of the Road
What I like to read
Fantasy & Science Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Other
Books I've read
anything by george orwell, isaac asimov, ray bradbury, crime & punishment, red & black (beyle), lawrence of arabia, any of shakespeare's plays, crime & punishment, red & black (beyle), lawrence of arabia
Sports I enjoy playing
Bowling, Cycling, Hiking
Sports I enjoy watching
Auto Racing, Basketball, Football, Golf, Gymnastics
Music I like to perform
Bluegrass, Blues, Classical, Folk and Traditional, Jazz
Movies I like to Watch
Action, Drama, Educational
Favorite Movies to Watch
love actually, west side story (as a modern romeo and juliette), west side story (as a modern romeo and juliette)
TV I like to Watch
Action, Comedy, Crime Drama, Educational
My Favorite TV Shows
treehouse masters--laughter coupled with craftsmanship, seinfeld, other clean humor, madame secretary, law and order, suits, the good doctor, ncis, major crimes, wisdom of the crowd, mary tyler moore,